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Institute for Real Estate Studies

Welcome to the Institute for Real Estate Studies at the Smeal College of Business.  The Institute is unique at the Smeal College of Business in that it is a vital conduit for leading edge academic research and serves as the physical presence for real estate education at Penn State. The Institute for Real Estate Studies (IRES) is a privately sponsored research institution whose advisory board is made up of donors to the Institute. Established in 1985, IRES fosters discussion and research between academicians and business professionals in the area of real estate and provides a focal point for real estate education at Penn State.

Research

The Institute for Real Estate Studies is the focal point for Penn State’s “Research with Impact” in the real estate industry. The Institute sponsors leading-edge scholarship on a wide variety of topics related to the real estate industry.  Research findings are published in the top real estate, finance, and economic journals as well as in the Institute’s Working Paper Series.  The Institute actively sponsors research interaction between affiliated faculty and graduate and undergraduate students.

Scholarship

The Institute for Real Estate Studies works closely with the Department of Risk Management to promote real estate education at Penn State.  Working closely with the Real Estate Advisory Board, the Institute is at the forefront in designing a unique, cross-disciplinary real estate education curriculum that provides students with the knowledge and skills to conquer tomorrow’s challenges.  As part of its real estate education initiatives, the Institute sponsors internship opportunities as well as awarding fellowships and scholarships in order to attract the best and brightest students to the real estate industry.

Lecture Series and Outreach

The Institute for Real Estate Studies provides a platform for the discussion of critical public policy initiatives in the real estate industry.  The Institute sponsors numerous seminars and conferences that bring internationally recognized real estate scholars and experts to Penn State.  In addition, the Institute hosts the semiannual Advance Realty Group Lecture that brings acclaimed real estate practitioners to campus, providing unparalleled networking opportunities for students. The Institute also serves as the bridge between the real estate faculty and the Real Estate Advisory Board, creating connections that enhance real estate research and education at the Smeal College of Business.